Targeted Youth Support
We have a new service to respond better to the needs of children, young people and their families, particularly those who need extra support in their lives.
Targeted Youth Support aims to increase the number of children and young people on the path to success, through a particular focus on the following key areas.
- Reduce the percentage of 16-18 years olds not in education, employment or training (NEET).
- More participation in positive activities.
- Tackling negative outcomes
- Reduce the proportion of young people frequently using drugs, alcohol or volatile substances.
- Reduce the under 18's conception rate.
- Reduce the number of first-time entrants to the Criminal Justice System (10-17 years olds).
Targeted Youth Support has joined together a range of existing services to:
- put children and young people at the centre of planning and delivering services to them
- ensure better support and services for young people and their families
- reduce the risk of young people falling through any gaps in service provision
- eliminate duplication by replacing the multiple referral forms previously used across our service areas with one, the Common Notification form.
Targeted Youth Support brings together the following existing services:
- Youth Inclusion and Support Programme (YISP)
- Family Intervention Project (FIP)
- Raising Aspirations Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Service
- The Intensive Intervention Project (IIP)
- Parenting Support Programme
- Transition through Sport, Community Transformation Project
- Positive Activities for Young People (PAYP) and Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE).
These services are supported by a range of partner agencies including:
- Drug Education Counselling and Confidential Advice service (DECCA)
- West Midlands Police
- Sandwell Homes
- Sandwell Women's Aid
- Sandwell Connexions
- Sandwell Families
- Fairbridge Supporting Inner City Youth
- Mentoring for Education Achievement (MEA)
- Council and Voluntary Youth Services
- Children's Centres
- Other council and health services.
This new way of working will ensure the needs of children and young people are met through:
- early identification of their needs
- building a clear picture of an individual's needs through a 'Common Assessment Framework' which uses a 'windscreen model' approach to assess levels of need
- identifying a lead professional they can trust
- ensuring young people receive a personalised package of support, including information, guidance, learning and development opportunities, which are co-ordinated through the lead professional
- taking a 'whole family' approach to ensure parents/carers and siblings have appropriate support.
The Targeted Youth Support model will only be applied in cases where a young person's needs fall broadly within the above areas and;
- the young person has needs which are not being met, and it is not clear what these needs are and/or what response is required
- it is likely that the young person will need help from more than one agency.
- a lead professional has not been identified.